Brian Tracy is the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and motivation of individuals and businesses. He says that in both your personal and professional life, becoming a success is something that starts from within.
“The whole secret of personal success is to find out what your calling is and then do it. One great question for your individual success is, what are the habits of successful people?
Why is it that some people have positive thinking patterns, while others do not?
What determines your self-concept for success?
Many successful people have been interviewed over the years and asked the question, “What do you think about, most of the time?”
Their answers are simple and consistent, and yet so profound that they can be life-changing. In short, the habits of successful people revolve around positive thinking. They think about what they want, and how to get it.
Successful people have all concluded, one way or the other that the way your self-concept and mind is programmed from early childhood.
Your self-concept plays a decisive role in almost everything you think, feel and accomplish as an adult.
By learning these four habits of successful people, you too will become a successful person!
1. They Have Great Self Concept
Your self-concept is the “master program” of your subconscious computer. It acts as your mental operating system.
Every thought, feeling, emotion, experience, and decision you have ever had is permanently recorded on this mental hard drive.
Once recorded, these impressions then influence the way you think, feel and behave from that point onward.
Your self-concept precedes and predicts your levels of effectiveness in every area of your life.
Your self-concept explains why mental laws have such an inordinate effect on your personality.
2. They Are Consistent
Once you form self-concept in a particular area, you must always act in a manner consistent with it.
You may have extraordinary ability in a particular area, but if your self-concept is poor in that area, you will always perform below your true potential.
The habits of successful people are to have positive thinking and positive self-concepts in all areas of their life.
You have a self-concept for:
- How well you speak in public.
- How popular you are.
- What kind of a spouse or partner you are.
- What kind of a parent you are.
- How well you perform in each sport or physical activity.
- How organized or disorganized you are.
- How well you manage your time and how productive you are.
- Your ability to read, write and do mathematics.
In your business and career, you have a self-concept for every aspect of your financial life.
Through positive thinking, you can have a self-concept for how much you earn, and how hard you have to work to earn that amount of money.
3. They Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone
Whatever your self-concept, your habit of thinking with regard to money or any other area of performance, will become your “comfort zone.”
Your comfort zone then becomes your greatest single obstacle to improved performance.
Once you get into a comfort zone in any area, you will strive and struggle unconsciously to remain in that comfort zone, even though it may be vastly below what you are truly capable of achieving in that area.
The key to achieving your full potential and develop the same habits of successful people is for you to raise your self-concept through positive thinking patterns.
It is for you to develop new habits of positive thinking about what is possible for you.
The way that you accomplish vastly more on the outside is by changing your thoughts and feelings about your potential in that area on the inside.
4. They’re Positive Thinkers
Your self-concept is your self-ideal.
This is the ideal image or picture you have of yourself as if you were already the very best person you could possibly be.
Your self-ideal and self-concept are made up of your wishes, hopes, dreams, goals, and fantasies about your perfect future life, combined with the qualities and virtues that you admire most in yourself and in other people.
Your self-ideal and self-concept is a composite through positive thinking of the very best person you could imagine yourself being, living the very best life you could possibly live.
High performing, successful, happy people have very clear self-ideals. They have clear ideas of what they like, respect and admire.
They have clear ideals about the virtues, values, and attributes of the superior men and women that they want to emulate.
The most successful people have an uplifting, inspiring vision of what a truly excellent person looks like and how he or she behaves within their self-concept.
You are a remarkable person, possessed of incredible untapped potentials and abilities.
Whatever you have accomplished in life so far is only a shadow of what is truly possible for you.
There are virtually no limits on what you can do, be and have except for the limits that you impose on yourself with your own thinking.
By following these four steps and by taking complete control of the development of your self-concept through positive thinking, you lay the foundation for the development that will enable you to accomplish more in the next few years than the average person accomplishes in a lifetime.”
—Brian Tracy is an internationally renowned speaker and consultant on topics such as leadership, sales success, time management and more. To read more, go to www.briantracy.com.